Oulanka National Park Trails

A squatting hiker surrounded by lush forest is looking at the Oulanka canyon. A river flows through the canyon floor.

You can explore the gorgeous national landscape of the Oulanka National Park on foot, by canoe, by bike, on skis or by snowshoes. The national park offers excellent hiking opportunities, ranging from short day-trip trails to the 82-km-long Karhunkierros Trail, which is one of the most popular hiking trails in Finland.  

Choose the trail that suits you best and hike to the gushing rapids, the beautiful flood meadows, the winter forests and the rugged landscape. Discover your own Oulanka!

Easy Trails

 The Könkään kuohu Trail is accessible to all. Photo: Susanna Kolehmainen / MetsähallitusKönkään kuohu Trail, 100 m / Direction, Accessible to All
Parking Fireplace Hiking All accessable disposal toiletNature trailLaunching place

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 15 min.
Category: Easy trail easy, easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail accessible trail / wheelchair trail
Starting point: The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail
Description of the Könkään kuohu Trail

 
 


 

 The Rytiniva Accessible Trail runs at Hautajärvi. Photo: Airi Kallunki / MetsähallitusNapapiirin nopia Trail, 500 m / Direction
Parking Fireplace Hiking Lapp hut

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 0.5‒1 h.
Category: Easy trail easy, easy, accessible trail / wheelchair trail accessible trail / wheelchair trail
Starting point: The starting point for the Karhunkierros Trail at Hautajärvi. The trail is part of Karhunkierros.
Description of the Napapiirin nopia trail


 


 

The Kiutaköngäs Trail is suitable for many visitors to Oulanka. Photo: MetsähallitusKiutaköngäs Trail, 1 km / Direction
Parking Fireplace Hiking Sight

Available all year round. Travel time 1 h.
Category: Easy trail easy
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre's parking area
Description of the Kiutaköngäs Trail 






 

Other Hiking Trails, under 10 km 

Hiiden hurmos Trail. Photo: Susanna KolehmainenHiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Fireplace Disposal toilet Sights and scenery Visitor Centre

Available all year round: it is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter. Travel time 2‒3 h
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Description of the Hiiden hurmos Trail

 
 


 

Rytisuo Nature Trail. Photo: Susanna KolehmainenRytikönkään reissu trail, 5‒7 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Sights and scenery Pick berries and mushrooms Nature Trail

Available in summer as a hiking trail. Travel time 2 h.
Category: Easy trail easy
Starting point: The parking area of the Oulanka National Park Camping Ground
Description of the Rytikönkään reissu Trail





 

Kanjonin kurkkaus takes a hiker to Oulanka Canyon. Photo: Minna KoramoKanjonin kurkkaus Trail, 6 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Open wilderness hut Fireplace Disposal toilet Sights and scenery

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2‒3 h.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting point: The Savilampi parking area at the end of a forest road that branches off from Teeriahontie Road
Description of the Kanjonin kurkkaus Trail





 

Könkään keino Trail. Photo: Susanna KolehmainenKönkään keino Trail, 8 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Fireplace Disposal toilet Sights and scenery Visitor Centre

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 3‒4 h.
Category: Easy trail easy Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Description of the Könkään keino Trail

 




 

Other Hiking Trails, over 10 km 

The Myllykoski (old mill) by The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Photo: Juho MäättäPieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km, Circle Trail
Parking Hiking Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Disposal toilet Sights and scenery

Available all year round. Travel time 4‒6 h.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting point: Village of Juuma, Retkietappi holiday village
Description of The Pieni Karhunkierros

 
 



 

The Keroharju Trail runs along eskers and pine heaths. Photo: Juho Määttä / MetsähallitusKeroharjun kuiskaus Trail, 17 km / Direction
Parking Hiking Hiking Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Wilderness sauna

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time one day.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting and ending points: Harjulammentie Road at Liikasenvaara and Niitselyksentie Road at Hautajärvi. The River Niitselysjoki is crossed by using a cable boat.
Description of the Keroharjun kuiskaus Trail




 

The Karhunkierros Trail is suitable for beginners. Photo: Vastavalo / Jari HindströmKarhunkierros Trail, 82 km / Direction
Parking Long hike Hiking Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Disposal toilet Sights and scenery 

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 4 days.
Category:  intermediate
Starting point: Several starting points
Trail description: The Karhunkierros Trail webpages






 

Canoeing Routes

On the lower course of River Oulankajoki, you can canoe and do stand up paddling, enjoying the scenery. Photo: Laura Johansson Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka, 25 km
Canoeing Fishing Lean-to shelter Open wilderness hut Camping ground Fireplace Place to go ashore Parking

Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for beginners and families with children.
Category: Easy trail easy
Starting point: The parking area for the Könkään kuohu Trail, in the central part of the park, along Liikasenvaarantie Road
Trail description: Canoeing Route Kiutaköngäs Pool of Quiet Waters – Jäkälämutka

 

 When canoeing, you can experience Oulanka from another angle. Photo: Kjell Erik ReinhardtsenSavilampi – Oulanka Visitor Centre, 13 km
Canoeing Fishing Lean-to shelter Open wilderness hut Camping grounds Fireplace Place to go ashore Parking Visitor Centre

Available in June‒October, during the period of unfrozen waters. Travel time 2‒4 h. Suitable for experienced canoeists.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail demanding
Rapids scale:  I‒IV
Starting point: The Savilampi parking area, on the border of Salla and Kuusamo, at the end of a forest road.
Trail description: Canoeing Route Savilampi ‒ Oulanka Visitor Centre


 

Biking Trails

Oulanka Visitor Centre - Taivalköngäs, 9 km / Direction
Mountain biking Fireplace Open wilderness hut Visitor Centre Disposal toilet

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 3‒4 h.
Category: Demanding trail demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Trail description: Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Taivalköngäs

Oulanka Wilderness Trail is suitable on fatbikes on winter time. Photo: Harri MourujärviOulanka Wilderness Trail: Oulanka Visitor Centre ‒ Juuma, 26 km / Direction - Closed
Mountain biking Fireplace Open wilderness huts Visitor Centre Disposal toilet

Closed for winter season 2020. Available from mid-February to April. Travel time 4 h ‒ one day.
Category: Demanding trail demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma
Trail description: Oulanka Wilderness Trail




 

Skiing Trails

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction - Closed
Parking Skiing Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Visitor Centre

Closed for winter season 2020. In late winter. Travel time 1‒2 days.
Category: Demanding trail demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma
Description of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail

Snowshoe Trails

Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km / Circle Trail
Snowshoeing Disposal toilet Nature observation tower Visitor Centre Cooking shelter

This trail is a hiking trail in summer and a snowshoe trail in winter. Travel time 2‒3 h.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre
Description of the Hiiden hurmos Trail

 A snowshoer by the Myllykoski Rapids. Photo: Sanna SaarelaPieni Karhunkierros Trail, 12 km / Circle Trail
Parking Snowshoeing Open wilderness hut Lean-to shelter Disposal toilet Sights and scenery

In winter. Travel time 4‒6 h.
Category: Intermediate trail intermediate
Starting point: Village of Juuma, Retkietappi holiday village
Description of The Pieni Karhunkierros trail and the webpages

 



 

Oulanka Wilderness Trail, 26 km / Direction - Closed
Snowshoeing Visitor Centre Fireplace Open wilderness hut

Closed for winter season 2020. Available from mid-February to April. Travel time 1‒2 days.
Category: Demanding trail demanding
Starting point: Oulanka Visitor Centre or Juuma
Description of the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, also suitable for fatbiking
 

Other Hiking Trails close to Oulanka and Ruka

 

Other Maps

Oulanka National Park Map © Parks and Wildlife Finland

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